There are many well-known medical sites that praise themselves for providing the readers the most reliable and updated information about how to prevent and reduce the risks of a stroke. The problem is that even when these sites do provide excellent information, in most cases, the reading material they provide lacks validity and reliability.
When gathering information on how to prevent a stroke or other related medical conditions, it’s recommendable for people to consult their doctor before trusting any other source of information. As a mother of three children, one of my main concerns it to do whatever is in my power to keep myself as healthy as possible that way I can provide my children the care and support they need. Preventing and reducing a stroke is the first thing on my list. After reviewing many sources of information, I came to the conclusion that the information provided by Mayo Clinic is the most accurate and easy to understand.
Below, I will share with you 10 of the most important tips I learned from the Mayo Clinic site about preventing and reducing the risks of a stroke.
Tip # 1: Lower the amount of cholesterol and saturated fat in your diet. By lowering or eliminating the amount of cholesterol and saturated fat from your diet, you will help improve the quality of your health by reducing the fat that gets accumulated in your arteries.
Tip # 2: Stop smoking, or never start if you don’t do it already. Keeping your lungs clean will also help you reduce the risks of a stroke by maintaining your body in good condition. This will help you fight other health conditions more effectively than people who smoke.
Tip # 3: Maintain a healthy weight. When you work in maintaining a healthy weight, you not only work in having a nice appearance, but also will help you in lowering your blood pleasure and improve your cholesterol level. These are very important steps to take when trying to prevent strokes.
Tip # 4: Exercise regularly. According to Mayo Clinic, exercising regularly can help you lower your blood pressure, increase the level of good cholesterol, and last but not least, can also help you improve the overall health of your blood vessels and heart.
Tip # 5: Control your diabetes. Controlling your diabetes can also help you to prevent and reduce the risks of a stroke. There are many ways in which you can control your diabetes, but the most effective one is talking to your doctor about it, and following his indications.
Tip #6: Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Following a healthy diet, especially one based of regular intake of fruits and vegetables can also prevent and reduce the risks of a stroke.
Tip # 7: Drink alcohol in moderation, or don’t drink at all. According to Mayo Clinic, “alcohol can be both a risk factor and a preventive measure for stroke. Heavy alcohol consumption increases your risk of high blood pressure, ischemic strokes and hemorrhagic strokes. However, drinking small to moderate amounts of alcohol may help prevent ischemic stroke and decrease your blood’s clotting tendency.”
Tip # 8: Visit your doctor regularly. Visiting your doctor and following his advice can help you maintain other pre-existing conditions under control. Untreated or poorly managed conditions could put you in a higher risk of suffering a stroke.
Tip # 9: If you suffer from sleep apnea, get it treated as soon as possible. There are very effective ways to treat this condition. Talking to your doctor about the treatment that best suits your condition will help you in making the situation better and will avoid the condition to put you in risk of suffering a stroke.
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Tip # 10: Avoid the use of illicit drugs. The use of illicit drugs is one of the main risk factors for a stroke. If you want to prevent a stroke, stay away from these kinds of drugs. Believe me, you will not regret it.
There you have it, my friends. Let’s start taking care of ourselves by applying these tips into our daily routines. Remember; healthy habits, promote healthy lives.